Art, film in the spotlight
David Dunlop of Wilton is the featured artist of the 2015 Community Cooperative Nursery School’s 2015 art show, which will take place at the school, 4 Trolley Place, June 4-7; for information, visit ccnsct.org or call 203-866-2184.
The Greenwich International Film Festival launches today, June 4, with films, panels, workshops and special events at locations including Bow-Tie Cinemas and the Cole Auditorium at the Greenwich Library. The opening night event, a screening of Colin Hanks’ documentary about Tower Records, All Things Must Pass, will be on Friday at 6 p.m. A party at Restoration Hardware will follow, with host Barbara Bush.
The Changemaker Honoree Gala honoring Harry Belafonte and Mia Farrow and hosted by Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford will take place Saturday evening at L’escale Restaurant.
Screenings will continue through Sunday afternoon, June 7. For tickets and the complete schedule as well as festival passes, visit greenwichfilm.org.
The Society of Connecticut Sculptors will present a juried exhibition at the Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, opening on Friday, June 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. More than 25 works by 16 members will be on exhibit and prizes will be awarded during the reception.
Judge is Michael Keropian of Keropian Sculpture in Carmel, N.Y. Media will include bronze, terra cotta, mahogany, alabaster and more. The exhibit runs through June 26; for more information, visit wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-3950 x213.
The New Canaan Dance Academy recital will take place at Stamford Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street, on Friday, June 5, at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 6, at noon and 5, and Sunday, June 7, at 1. The recital will showcase students ages 3 to 83 performing in a variety of dance disciplines. For tickets, visit palacestamford.org or call 203-325-4466.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield will add something new to its monthly Friday evening cocktail party: WARE, a temporary roving store featuring a changing selection of crafted products. On June 5 from 7 to 9 p.m., there will also be live music, cocktails on the patio, music by the Sarah Lemieux Quartet, and hors d’oeuvres by caterer Marianne Wilson of Wilton.
The WARE vendors will have jewelry, ceramics, baskets, notebooks, pet toys, candles, silk scarves and more. Admission is $20; for information, visit aldrichart.org or call 203-438-4519. The museum is at 258 Main Street.
A Country Western Night to benefit the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation will take place Friday evening, June 5, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Wilton Riding Club, 60 Riding Club Road, Wilton. Organized by Cathy Parese and Tricia Hartner, the evening will include plenty of dancing as well as an auction of goods and services.
Tickets are $85, available online at wantedacureforluncancer.yournextstepisthecure.org or at the door.
The children’s choir Heavenly Harmony at St. John’s Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien, will have a fund-raiser concert in the Blanchard Center next to the church on Friday, June 5, at 7 p.m. A Night on Broadway, featuring singing and dancing, will help raise money for a new keyboard for the church.
The Ridgefield Theater Barn will stage Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, opening Friday, June 5, at the theater at 37 Halpin Lane. Doors open at 7 for cabaret seating (BYO food and drink) and curtain is at 8. The show continues Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 through June 27 with Sunday matinees at 5 on June 14 and 21.
Tickets are $24 for adults and $20 for students, seniors and veterans. For reservations and more information, visit ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org.
The Cat’s Meow
Eastbound Theatre at the Milford Center for the Arts will present the Hollywood thriller The Cat’s Meow by Steven Peros, directed by Joel Fenster, opening Friday, June 5, at 8. Performances continue on Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2 through June 21.
The play contains adult language and situations and tickets are $20, general admission, $18 for seniors and students. For reservations, call 203-882-0969.
Curtain Call Inc.’s will offer the Stephen Sondheim masterpiece, Follies, beginning June 5 and running through June 27 at the Kweskin Theatre in the Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. The show is being directed by Karen Randazzo. Performances will be Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 and Sunday afternoons at 2, as well as Thursdays, June 18 and 25, at 8.
Tickets are $32 for adults, $24 for senior citizens ad $16 for students and children; all seats on Thursdays are $22. For reservations, visit curtaincallinc.com or call 203-461-6358.
Sweet Baby James
Boxcar Jones, with Tim McDonald, Dave Livolsi, Matt Oestreicher, and Johnny Durso, will perform the music of James Taylor at the Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, on Friday, June 5, at 8 p.m.
Cabaret seats are $40 and theater seats are $30; for reservations, visit bijoutheatre.com or call 203-332-3228.
Greenwich tag sale
The Great Greenwich Tag Sale in support of Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich will take place Saturday, June 6, from 9 to 2, rain or shine, at the Boys & Girls Club parking lot, 4 Horseneck Lane, Greenwich. There will be collectibles, jewelry, home decor and more.
Family Mud Run
The New Canaan Nature Center at 144 Oenoke Ridge will have a Family Mud Run on Saturday morning, June 6, rain or shine. Families with children ages 5-13 will follow an course through trails and meadows, encountering 12-15 obstacles, all “for the fun of sport and getting muddy!”
The fee is $25 per person and any MudRunner age 8 or younger must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Registration forms and liability waiver/release forms are available online at newcanaannature.org. For more information, call 203-966-9577.
The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, will have three walks to celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The leisurely, guided 1.5 mile journey will wind through the Audubon Society’s Larsen Sanctuary, including forest, garden marsh, meadow and swamp.
Pre-registration is recommended; call 203-259-6305 x109. Only heavy rain will cancel the event; sturdy footwear is recommended.
Civil War Hijinks
Judy Cook, author, historian and performer, will present a performance of Civil War Hijinks — songs, projected images, and excerpts from her book, A Quiet Corner of the War: The Civil War Letters of Gilbert and Esther Claflin, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, 1862-1863 — on Saturday, June 6, at the Danbury Museum & Historical Society, 43 Main Street. The program will begin at 2 p.m. and a donation of $5 is suggested. Copies of Cook’s book will be available for purchase.
For more information, visit danburymuseum.org or call 203-743-5200.
Art of the Northeast
Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam have curated the Art of the Northeast 2015 for the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan, which will open with a reception on Saturday, June 6, at 6 p.m. Grabner is a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was one of three curators of the 2014 Whitney Biennial; Killam teaches at the College of DuPage in Illinois and has exhibited widely. They are the first wife-and-husband curator team for Art of the Northeast.
For more information, visit silvermineart.org or call 203-966-9700. The exhibit runs through July 26; gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5, and Sunday, 1 to 5.
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s 2015 Wild Wine, Beer & Food Safari will take place Saturday, June 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport. The evening includes wines and specialty beers, food stations, live entertainment, silent auction and a raffle. Tickets are $60 online and $65 at the gate, if space is available. VIP tickets ($100) include admission at 4:30 for a “Behind the Scenes” event.
For more information, visit beardsleyzoo.org or call 203-394-6565.
The American Chamber Orchestra will present winners of its Sixth Annual Concerto Competition at its spring concert on Saturday, June 6, at 8 at the First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield, 2475 Easton Turnpike. The winners are cellist Brianna Tam of Greenwich, pianist Gilbert Tsui of Weston and violinist Cameron Chase of Stratford.
Works by Beethoven, Dvorak, Mozart, Bruch and Sibelius are on the program. Suggested contribution for the concert is $20 for adults, $10 for students. For more information, visit americanchamberorchestra.com or call 203-255-7661.
Monroe Through Time
The Monroe Historical Society will launch Monroe Through Time, an illustrated chronicle of the town’s historic legacy, with a special day at the historic Castle on Route 111 on Sunday, June 7. Developer John Kimball, who bought the building from the Sisters of Nazareth in 2013 and has converted it into home and office space.
There will be tours of the Castle from 11 to 2 and lunch under an all-weather tent on the grounds of the Castle, with samplings of two beers developed by Veracious Brewing Company on Route 25 in Monroe. Ticket holders will receive a copy of the new book and membership in the Monroe Historical Society. Cost of tickets is $60 ($35 for a member of a couple requiring only one book); reservations are required, email Marven Moss at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-268-2961.
Ice Cream Social
The New Canaan Historical Society at 13 Oenoke Ridge will have its annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, June 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. on the historical society campus. All the museums will be open, including the Little Red Schoolhouse on Carter Street (1:30-3:30). There will be an antique car show, historical re-enactors, and live music from the town band, as well as the Saxationals, children’s activities, and ice cream.
For more information, visit nchistory.org or call 203-966-1776.
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Mathews Park, 299 West Avenue, Norwalk, will open its 10th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition on Sunday, June 7, with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. The juried show is limited to works that are no more than four square inches. There were 688 entries from 275 artists from 33 states and 28 countries; juror Lyle Williams of the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, selected 108 works by 57 artists.
The top prize-winners are Lynn Shaler of France, first, Gervasio Robles of South Africa, second, and Moira McTague of England, third. Roxanne Faber Savage of Connecticut received honorable mention. The show will remain on view through Aug. 30. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 to 5. For more information, visit contemprints.org or call 203-899-7999.
Barnum + baseball
Baseball historian Michael J. Bielawa will discuss P.T. Barnum’s connection to baseball on Sunday, June 7, at 2 at the Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street, Bridgeport. The author of histories focusing on New England and Louisiana baseball, Bielawa’s topic will be Barnum in the Batter’s Box: The Showman’s Role in Bringing Baseball to Bridgeport.
Suggested donation for the program is $5; children under 12 admitted free. For more information, visit barnummuseum.org or call 203-331-1104.
The 2015 season of Sunday public matches at the Greenwich Polo Club will begin Sunday, June 7, with the first of three Monty Waterbury Cup matches. Gates open at 1 and the matches will start at 3; general admission is $40 per car; for the grandstand bleachers, $60 per car; for grandstand boxes, $300 per box (includes four people, two parking passes); and $600 per cabana (eight people, four parking passes).
Other public matches are June 14, 21 and 28, July 5 and 12, Aug. 23 and 30, Sept. 6 and $13. The polo club is at 80 Field Point Road #30, Greenwich; for more information, visit greenwichpoloclub.com or call 203-561-5821.
The Silvermine Artists Series at the Silvermine School of Music, 36 Comstock Hill Avenue, Norwalk, will present Concerto Gala, featuring two favorite piano concerti on Sunday, June 7, at 4 p.m. Ji Hyun Kim will play Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Mark DeZwaan will play Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini. Pianist Karen Shaw, director of the series, will provide orchestral piano accompaniment.
Seating is limited; for reservations, call 203-847-8106.
And coming up...
A documentary about F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and their time living in Westport, Boats Against The Current, will be screened Monday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford Street. Tickets are $10 in advance; fairfieldtheatre.org or 203-259-1036.
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And A Nightingale Sang, C.P. Taylor’s portrait of a working-class family in Northern England just before World War II, will open at the Westport Country Playhouse on Tuesday, June 9; performances continue through Saturday, June 27, directed by David Kennedy. For tickets and more information, visit westportplayhouse.org or call 203-227-4177.
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Jim Donahue, curator of historic landscapes and horticulture at the Preservation Society of Newport County, will give a talk, Gilded Age Conservatories, on Wednesday, June 10, 11 a.m. at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Avenue, Norwalk. This is the second in a series of lectures by curators and experts in the field of Victorian-era material life. The price for the lecture is $30 and also includes lunch and a first floor mansion tour. Reservations are requested by June 5; email email@example.com or call 203-838-9799 x4.
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The Redding Garden Club and New Pond Farm in Redding will co-sponsor a garden tour, For the Love of Gardening, on Saturday, June 13, from 10 to 4:30; deadline for reservations including lunch is June 6, for the tour only, June 10. Eight private gardens in Redding are featured. For information, visit newpondfarm.org or call 203-938-2117.
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All’s Well That Ends Well is the centerpiece of Shakespeare on the Sound’s 2015 season, June 11-28, at Pinkney Park, Rowayton. Performances will take place at 7:30 nightly except Mondays. Before each show, the Education Tent in the park will be an inter-active destination for youngsters ages 5-13, starting at 4:30, when the park opens. At 6:30 nightly, a Kids Pre-Show, a half-hour retelling of the main play, will be offered behind the Education Tent.
Admission is free; donations are collected at the gate, with $20 suggested for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Reserved seating is available for $50. For reservation, visit shakespeareonthesound.org or call 203-299-1300.